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Son to testify against dad in theft case

A Dawson County man has agreed to testify against his father and another relative in a case involving more than $25,000 in stolen home appliances and furnishings.

January 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Woman must repay victims for theft

Michael Allen was in court Friday when a Superior Court judge ordered a Dawsonville woman to pay back more than $20,000 she admitted stealing from him and a friend.

January 27, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Local teen accused of unlawful videotaping

A Dawson County teen was taken into custody Wednesday morning after authorities said he used his cell phone to video females in three local restrooms.

January 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


County to break ground on new courthouse, government center

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners, along with county staff and court administrators, will break ground on a new courthouse and government center at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28. The event, orginally scheduled for Jan. 20 was rescheduled late Tuesday afternoon, due to the threat of inclement weather.

January 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Dawson County man charged with rape

A 20-year-old Dawson County man has been charged with rape and molestation after an encounter with a 13-year-old girl authorities say he met online.

January 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


More families seek home heating help

While the snow from Dawsonville's recent storm has melted away, the cold weather will be around for a few more months.

January 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Filling a need

Walking into Good Shepherd Clinic, Retha Smith had a glow not often seen in the three years since she and her husband lost nearly everything to identity theft.

January 20, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Dine out for United Way is Thursday

Dine out Thursday at participating restaurants and help a neighbor in need.

January 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


39-year-old charged with molestation

A 39-year-old Dawsonville man has been arrested on charges of child molestation.

January 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New ISO ratings mean a safer county

The Monday after Christmas Dawson County Emergency Services opened a present it had been waiting on.

January 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Ice keeps officials on the go

The arctic blast that dropped nearly an inch of snow in Dawson County on Jan. 7 kept sheriff's deputies and emergency services personnel busy well into the weekend.

January 13, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawson takes hit in 2009

Dawson County took an economic hit in 2009 as the unemployment rate rose, businesses shuttered and home foreclosures soared.

January 06, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Death penalty possible

Nearly three weeks after the slayings of a southeast Georgia couple along the Amicalola River, there's increasing speculation that one or both suspects could face the death penalty.

January 06, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Officials urge safety for holiday weekend

Dawson County authorities will be out in force this weekend trying to keep motorists safe as they ring in the New Year.

December 30, 2009 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Christmas tree recycling opportunities growing

Keep Dawson County Beautiful has expanded efforts this holiday season to give Dawson County residents more opportunities to recycle their live Christmas trees.

December 30, 2009 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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Intersection changes will begin in spring

State transportation officials are now saying changes to the county's busiest crossing will begin early next year.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Groundbreaking held for splash park

Come mid-August, kids of all ages will be able to cool off in the new splash pad at Rock Creek Park.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Tourism office faces rent woes

Dawson County's office of tourism development has requested an additional $41,000 to cover its portion of the rent at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center on Ga. 400.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Arrest in church burglaries

Authorities have arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Changing work force

Growing up, Tesela Dutton wanted her first car to be a truck and her first job to be in a garage.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | Education


Death row inmate granted clemency

A local family is devastated after the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip on July 9.

July 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Arrest made in church burglaries

Authorities last night arrested a Dahlonega man believed to be responsible for a string of church burglaries in Dawson and Lumpkin counties.

July 12, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Ga. board grants clemency to death row inmate

A local family is devastated after the state's pardons and parole board on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Tommy Lee Waldrip.

July 10, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Execution scheduled for Thursday

It was 23 years ago in April that the community was rocked by one of the most brutal murders in Dawson County's history.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


New venue a blast

Dawsonville's annual Independence Day celebration revved into gear Friday at Atlanta Motorsports Park with a fireworks display that wowed spectators for miles around.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


County, city reach SPLOST agreement

County and city officials have reached an agreement on how funds will be split if the upcoming 1-cent sales tax extension is approved by voters in November.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | Government


Thieves continue to target churches

The number of burglarized churches in Dawson County continues to mount.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teen faces additional sexual battery charges

The case against a teenager arrested last month on misdemeanor sex charges has grown.

July 09, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


1 arrested after stop by deputy

Several garbage bags filled with harvested marijuana plants were discovered during a traffic stop last week in Dawson County.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Teacher charged with intimidating co-worker

A local elementary school teacher was among two people arrested last week after authorities responded to reports of a burglary at her colleague's home in neighboring Gilmer County.

July 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


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